One of my best memories/traditions of Christmas from my childhood is on Christmas morning my Mom always made a huge breakfast to eat after we unwrapped our presents. Then right after breakfast my Mom would set up an appetizer/snack table full of everything from chips and queso, to fruit and veggie trays, nuts, crackers and cheese, cocktail meatballs or little smokies, and any sweets we had lying around from the holiday season. We were allowed to snack on these foods throughout the day (in lieu of lunch) while my Mom cooked a great big Christmas dinner. As kids we loved this because we got to have all this food that normally was off limits, or just for special occasions like Christmas (except of course for fruits and veggies, don’t worry my Mom fed us plenty of that all the time).
Enter in today’s idea (not really a recipe) for Christmas morning breakfast. Similar to my Mom’s appetizer tradition, why not set up a breakfast bar/buffet! Think continental breakfast (who doesn’t love a good continental breakfast when staying at a hotel) and include individual portion size serving s of your family’s favorite breakfast foods. Set up the foods in an easy and accessible manor and include things that you may not normally let your kids eat. Kids will love this self-serve breakfast, especially Christmas morn’ when other things like new toys, may not have them thinking about breakfast until later.
In my pictures my display is very simple, much simpler than I had wanted. In my head I had imagined cake stands, cute bowls, Christmas plates and colored plastic utensils, etc. as part of my display, but because I am in the process of moving (yes, I know who moves right before Christmas? Am I crazy or what!) I was working with limited resources. So take this idea and run with it. I will probably do this again but more fancy (like the vision in my head) and share new photos in the future. I am thinking for Christmas or another holiday (oh, how I love this idea for all holidays or birthdays and you could change up the decorations or food ever so slightly); this idea would be perfect for New Year’s Day breakfast, after a late night. If you do a ‘continental breakfast’ sometime take pictures and share them on the Kitchen Concoctions’ Facebook page, I would love to see what y’all come up with!
Anyways, here is a list of foods that I think would be great as part of a continental breakfast but if you have any other suggests please leave a comment and share with everyone!
Continental Breakfast/Breakfast Buffet:
Individual packets of donuts
Individual boxes of cereal
Juice boxes or individual bottles of juice (orange juice, lemonade, apple juice, etc.)
Bottled coffee drinks
Individual milk cartons (regular, chocolate, or strawberry milk)
Hard boiled eggs
Packets of hot cocoa